Wednesday, July 04, 2007

What to do for dinner when it's 101 degrees out?

How about a sizzling pot of baked beans from the solar oven? No charcoal, no air pollution, no heating up the house.

Yesterday I baked solar bread.

Tomorrow I'll be conducting a workshop on making this solar oven out of cardboard, aluminum foil and glass. You can make one too. Here's where you can find the plans for the SunStar cooker, thanks to Joe Radabaugh, whose book, Heaven's Flame, also contains the plans and much more information about solar cooking.

Here's a full view of the cooker posing in my weed garden.

The materials cost about $10, mostly for the glass, aluminum foil, glue and other odds and ends. Since we wanted the materials in the workshop to be uniform, we also ordered 25 sets of boxes in the same sizes, instead of scrounging boxes of various sizes and having to adapt the design to them. But you don't have to do that.

More after the workshop.

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At 7/6/07, 7:36 PM, Blogger Gail Jonas said...

Thanks, Bonnie, for this practical information.

For years I've kept a brochure, "International Solar Cookers" pinned to my office wall. No website on the brochure, but I just found it,

It's a nonprofit organization that is spreading the word about solar cooking to benefit people and environments worldwide.

A friend of Phil's and mine, Joe Whitson, has been using a solar cooker and promoting International Solar Cookers for years. I'm sure he'll be happy to see that you have joined the "solar cooker conspiracy."


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